Done Deal: Juventus seal Gonzalo Higuain transfer, ahead of Arsenal

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Juventus are in a strong position to beat Arsenal in the race to sign Gonzalo Higuain, 28.

The Turin club has agreed to pay the €94.7m release clause in his contract and according to reports in Italy, the Argentine international passed a medical last night.

Despite pressure from the club president and Napoli hero, Diego Maradona, Higuain is set to move to the Serie A rivals. Recent reports from the club’s official radio station stated that Napoli weren’t prepared to sell to Juventus but triggering the release clause took the decision out of their hands.

It’s the strongest signal yet that Juventus are close to agreement with Manchester United over Paul Pogba, 23. Max Allegri, Juve’s head coach, confirmed the talks were ongoing before the friendly against Melbourne Victory.

Higuain’s arrival in Turin means that West Ham are likely to succeed with their £20m bid for Simone Zaza, 25. The Italian international will see his first team opportunities stymied by the prolific Argentinean. Last season saw him make just 24 appearances for Juventus after his €18m move from Sassuolo in July 2015.

The Hammers are losing patience with AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca, 29, who has been stalling over a move to the Olympic Stadium and are now looking at Zaza as a possible alternative.

He became an internet star with his bizarre run-up during the penalty shootout against Germany. The stuttering style brought much hilarity and confirmed his cult status as the ball ballooned over Manuel Neuer’s crossbar.

 

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